Boston Brew News: Charles River Pale Ale and “Pay-To-Play”

Two beer updates from Beantown:

Boston’s Harpoon Brewery will brew a pale ale with water from the Charles River. The once-disgusting river has apparently grown clearer over the years, and the 400 gallons of water for the limited-edition brew was purified before it hit the mash tun.

And in less-surprising news, Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has cited a handful of Boston bars with violating state laws that prohibit breweries and beer distributors from bribing bars to carry their products. It’s commonly referred to as “pay-to-play” and is an illegal, though still widespread, practice throughout much of the Northeast.

[H/Ts NECN and Boston.com]

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